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Erwin BMA approves agreement for 911 partnership with county, town of Unicoi

Photo by Ty Butler • The members of the Erwin Board of Mayor and Aldermen considered a 911 partnership with both the county and the town of Unicoi at a meeting on July 14.

By Ty Butler

The Town of Erwin BMA  met Monday, July 11, to discuss a road closure for a Unicoi County Public Library event, as well as secure a joint partnership with the Unicoi County Emergency Communications District (911).

Mayor Glenn White and the BMA ultimately approved a Joint Inter-Local Cooperation Agreement, on unanimous vote, that would see the Town of Erwin, Town of Unicoi and Unicoi County collaborate on funds toward the Unicoi County Emergency Communications District and its 911 services. 

White said that the agreement calls for Erwin to pay 21.74%, Unicoi County is billed at 65.31% and the Town of Unicoi will contribute 12.95% of the joint agreement costs. If the joint partnership never came to fruition, each of the entities would have to pay for 911 services in full, separately.

“We have similar agreements with waste management, EMS and the library,” White said. “It helps us because if we didn’t partner with the county, we would have to provide that service. We’re getting a pretty good deal.”

A road closure was also unanimously approved to block off a portion of Nolichucky Avenue from the Skate Park to the CSX Parking Lot along with the parking lot between the Skate Park and the library.

The closure began  Friday, July 15, at 5 p.m. and concluded on Saturday, July 16, at 3 p.m.

The blockades requested to help the UCPL host its on-premises End of Summer Luau Party.

“We’re real happy with our library and the work that Mrs. Harmon does. She’s put our little library on the map,” said White. “It’s a good endeavor and community project for the children.”